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EduClips: Miami-Dade Chief Alberto Carvalho to Helm NYC Schools; Why the March 5 DACA Deadline May Not Matter — and More Must-Reads From America’s 15 Biggest School Districts

By Andrew Brownstein | March 1, 2018

EduClips is a roundup of the day’s top education headlines from America’s largest school districts, where more than 4 million students across eight states attend class every day. Read previous EduClips installments here. Get the day’s top school and policy news delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for the TopSheet Education Newsletter.

Top Story

NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS — Alberto M. Carvalho, who rose from undocumented immigrant and day laborer to superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has found a bigger stage: He will become the next New York City schools chancellor, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office announced on Wednesday. Mr. Carvalho will oversee the nation’s largest system, one made up of 1.1 million children, many of whom face similar challenges to those he has overcome. Over 70 percent of New York City students come from families that are on some form of public assistance, and 1 in 10 was homeless at some point in the 2016-17 school year.

Mr. Carvalho, 53, has led Miami-Dade, the nation’s fourth-largest district, for nearly a decade and has a remarkably successful record. The high school graduation rate has increased to 80.7 percent in 2016–17 from 60.5 percent in 2007–08. In 2014, Mr. Carvalho was named the National Superintendent of the Year. In 2012, the district won the Broad Prize for Urban Education, which recognizes districts that have shown major gains in student achievement. (Read at The New York Times)

National News

DACA — Does the March 5 DACA Deadline Still Matter? 5 Things to Know About the Countdown to a Meaningless Monday — and Why Dreamers Should Still Be Worried (Read at The74Million.org)

ARMING TEACHERS — 12 Reasons Why Trump’s Call to Arm Teachers Could Be a Minefield for Schools (Read at Politics K-12)

STRIKE — West Virginia teachers traded classrooms for picket lines. Here’s how that impacted parents (Read at The Washington Post)

IMPACT AID DeVos Announces Additional Aid for Students Impacted by Hurricanes and Wildfires (Read at Politics K-12)

District and State News

NEW YORK — Ideological foes express cautious optimism about NYC’s incoming schools chief, Alberto Carvalho (Read at Chalkbeat)

PENNSYLVANIA — In jail, a school of second chances, and one of Philly’s best principals (Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer)

CALIFORNIA — Essential Education: L.A. Unified fights a long legal battle to recoup overcharges in cafeteria construction (Read at the Los Angeles Times)

NEW YORK — Tish James flags failure — then demands city double down on it (Read at the New York Post)

ILLINOIS — House Committee Passes Bill Capping Growth in Administrative Spending at Illinois Schools (Read at Illinois Policy)

NEVADA – State ruling means 4 more days at school for Clark County teachers (Read at the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

CALIFORNIA — Forecast for California school climates remains cloudy without good data, advocates say (Read at EdSource)

ILLINOIS — Illinois private school scholarship program receives more than 33,000 applications (Read at the State Journal-Register)

Think Pieces

CRYPTOCURRENCY — Chain of Schools: The Bitcoin, Blockchain Revolution Comes to Campus — but Are Colleges Ready? (Read at The74Million.org)

PERSONALIZED LEARNING — ‘Personalized learning’ comes to teacher training, bringing big ambitions and big questions (Read at Chalkbeat)

DEVOS — Betsy DeVos’s school choice ideas are a reality in Sweden, where student performance has suffered (Read at The Hechinger Report)

ADDICTIVE TECHNOLOGY —A Deal With the Devil’: NPR Reporter Anya Kamenetz on Teaching With ‘Addictive Tech’ Like Facebook (Read at EdSurge)

MENTORS — OPINION: Many students who need mentors still don’t have them (Read at The Hechinger Report)

EQUITY — Williams: Why We Shouldn’t Reserve Our Outrage Over Privilege and Good Schools to Just D.C.’s Antwan Wilson Gaming the System (Read at The74Million.org)

PRIVATE SCHOOLS — Can sending public money to private schools improve equity? (Read at The Hechinger Report)

Quote of the Day

“I don’t look at their crimes; I don’t want to know. What’s in front of me are children.” —Deana Ramsey, who heads the school inside Philadelphia’s juvenile detention center. (Read at The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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